Redskins report

September 19, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Two days after Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer gave a glowing report on the status of wide receiver Michael Westbrook's recurring left knee injury, the team announced yesterday that Westbrook would be out three to six weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in that knee. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the tear Tuesday after Westbrook said he noticed swelling in the knee Monday night. Westbrook re-injured the knee late in the first quarter of the 31-10 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday, but he came back in and caught an 11-yard pass in the second quarter. He had a similar tear of the knee in the second preseason game against Detroit and didn't play until two weeks ago against Chicago.

Next game: The St. Louis Rams (1-1) are having problems at quarterback with Steve Walsh being pulled in favor of rookie Tony Banks in the second quarter of a 34-0 loss to the 49ers two weeks ago. Walsh and Banks were a combined eight of 23 for 82 yards, with Walsh throwing an interception and Banks fumbling three times. St. Louis coach Rich Brooks waited until yesterday to name Walsh the starter over Banks for Sunday's game against Washington. Walsh didn't take too kindly to being yanked out of the game in a scoreless tie even though he had completed only two of six for 13 yards with the one interception. "It's frustrating vTC to come out of a zero-zero game," said Walsh. "There's a lot of plays left. I was a little surprised." Brooks said free-agent quarterback Mark Rypien, who passed for more than 300 yards in each of the final three games for the Rams last season, will not be signed by St. Louis. Brooks said Walsh, Banks and Jamie Martin would continue as his top three quarterbacks.

What Norv Turner said: "One of the things you hate in this sport is the injuries. On hindsight, maybe we brought Michael [Westbrook] back too soon. Everyone was in a rush for him to come back because he helps our football team so much. All you can do is take advice from your medical staff and the player himself and go with it. Sometimes, you just have tough luck."

Pub Date: 9/19/96

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